Johann Straus II - Vergnügungszug (Pleasure Train), op. 281

Johann Strauss II , known for his waltzes and lively compositions, had a unique approach to his creative process. He consistently sought contemporary and relevant themes to serve as the driving force behind his new musical compositions. This approach ensured that his work remained fresh and connected with the audiences of his time.  One notable instance of this creative approach was the composition of this polka, composed in 1864. This piece of music was specifically crafted for a summer concert held in the picturesque Russian town of Pavlovsk. It's fascinating to note that Strauss drew inspiration for this composition from the world around him. In this case, he found it in the emerging technology of the time, namely, the steam locomotive. The composition itself is a testament to Strauss's ability to capture the essence and energy of the subject matter. The rhythm of this dance piece mirrors the rhythmic chugging and movements of the old-fashioned steam trains that were prevale


A smooth technical slide consisting of a quick pass from one note to another, touching the intermediate notes slightly (without exactly specifying their pitch).

The term came from the Italian expression “portamento della voce” (“carriage of the voice”), which is in use in vocal music from the beginning of the 17th century.

It is noted with a small line that connects the two notes among  which portamento is played.

It is used in both vocal and music for string and wind instruments.